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Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone named best song

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Image caption Bono described Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone as "a black eye of a pop song"

Bob Dylan's 1965 anthem Like a Rolling Stone has been named the singer-songwriter's greatest hit by a panel of musicians, writers and academics.

The poll, compiled by the aptly titled Rolling Stone magazine, was released to mark Dylan's 70th birthday on 24 May.

Fellow rockers were invited to comment on the list of his 70 greatest songs.

Like a Rolling Stone was described by U2's Bono as "a black eye of a pop song", while Mick Jagger praised the simplicity of Desolation Row.

The 11-minute 1965 song, which consists of three chords, was number 12 in the list of 70 songs that features in Rolling Stone's birthday tribute.

Jagger's Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards argued that the original 1963 solo version of Girl from the North Country - ranked 30th - was superior to Dylan's 1969 duet of the same song with Johnny Cash.

Like a Rolling Stone, from Dylan's 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited, beat A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall and Tangled Up in Blue into second and third places respectively.

In fourth place was Just Like a Woman followed by All Along the Watchtower, famously covered by Jimi Hendrix.

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